Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof, and Lethal

Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof, and Lethal

The Hidden Dangers of C8

Book - 2007
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"It's everywhere. It's toxic. And it lasts forever." Asbestos? Nuclear waste? No. This statement, made by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003, refers to a little-known but ubiquitous chemical compound whose trade name is C8. Manufactured by DuPont, it is used in the making of a plethora of stain-resistant, waterproof, and grease-resistant consumer products. The first members of the public to hear about C8, in January 2002, were the residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley, whose water supplies were found to contain detectable amounts. The EPA launched a multi-agency review of the manmade chemical, which became the largest investigation of its kind. As a local journalist, Lyons has covered the C8 story from the beginning. Here she explains how the danger of C8 first came to light, how the investigation progressed, and what remedies have been initiated.
This is the first book to reveal, in riveting detail, the story of how a little-known chemical compound called C8, manufactured by DuPont for use in making many common consumer products--among them, Teflon cookware and stain-resistant carpeting--has come to pose a threat to the health of people, animals, and the environment.

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Ohio-based newspaper reporter and radio news director Lyons tells the story of the manufactured chemical known commercially as Teflon, and its detection in the water supplies 12 states so far. The chemistry and toxicology, the government investigation, the reaction by the DuPont company that makes the stuff, popular movements, law suits, and similar cases are all part of the story. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2007
ISBN: 9780275994525
Characteristics: x, 191 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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